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What are my best options/opportunities/ways to expand based on my current life situation


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Sep 13, 2018

Not sure of it okay to for the most part repost something, but in the Intro forum last week, I wrote out to some degree my life story and current situation.( see below). Based on my life history, current skills and situations, would any of you have any suggestions as to:
1. How I can gradually transition towards a fastlane entreprenuerial career?
2. How can I build upon where I am at to develop any specific skils that could be useful in a fastlane business venture?
3. If there are any good networking opportunties in the NYC area?
Note: I am aware of event vs. process and I am not expecting a silver bullet to magically make the transition. Instead, I am seeking any suggestions as to how I can branch out and change my life.
Additionally, I am not seeking anyone to make the decision for me, but woud appreciate any thoughts and inputs as to possible next steps.
Any help, ideas, or suggestions would be tremendously appreciated.
Here is my life story and current situation.

I live in NYC, am in my late thirties and am at a pivotal point in trying to break out of my scripted existence to become truly free. Some background:

During my late teens and early twenties, I was heavily involved in stock option trading. Back then, markets were much less efficient. A trading strategy that provided an edge could work for a while, even if it was published online or in a book! Market Makers were very lax about adjusting premium to upcoming events and thus I was able to make money with such strategies such as:

A. Buying a call and a put right before earnings reports for Dell Computers. An Almost guarantee of a 700 dollar profit.

B. Simple momentum moves based on semi-predictable events such as a new Windows release (during Microsoft's glory days).

However, eventually market makers became wise to these games. LESSON: The problem with money chasing ( a strategy based on trying to arbitrage a very specific loophole as opposed to creating value is that as mentioned in the Fastlane book, such money making methods eventually dry up. See the discussion in TMF on how Ebay for the most part really made money for EBAY and for some time the early adopters.

Additionally, I had a brief one-hit wonder Hollywood acting career and was involved in a startup that had a great product and a great strategy in theory. It was an early version of an electric car motor. Since there was great technology and a decent business plan, it could have been TESLA MOTORS. I did some consulting work in exchange for stock. Sadly, the CEO was very dysfunctional in actually EXECUTING, thus teaching me the hard way the importance of EXECUTION. Gradually, I fell away from ventures and drifted into routine work.

Fast forward almost two decades later. Currently, I:

1. Have a day job working as a paralegal for a City Agency doing some relatively routine administrative work that is vital to my department's mission, but is quite specialized. This work involves going to various other government agencies around New York City, locating specific documents, and ensuring that the agency in question certifies them. I am considering parlaying my experience working as a paralegal to apply to law school. I know that there have been cases of attorney's who have done decent work for entrepreneurial ventures in exchange for a percentage point or so. However, I may need some other venture to pay for law school, since I am very wary of taking out student loans in this economy.

2. Work evenings and weekends for some online delivery services to earn extra money. IMHO, despite being a service sector job, it has a feel of a video game, since I am paid per delivery plus tip and:

A. There is some small scale business reasoning involved since, I have had to really learn my market to determine what specific delivery apps on what days, in what neighborhoods, and at what times, I am most likely to receive the best paying delivery gigs.

B. Since, my sideline is very tip dependent as opposed to purely wage based, I have learned the importance of providing value and giving each and every customer REGAL treatment from a drug addict in a halfway house ordering Mexican takeout to a customer in a 10 million dollar loft ordering a 200 dollar steak dinner. I go the extra mile in terms of a speedy delivery, keeping all items intact, hot food hot and ice cream cold, handling any special requests, and even avoiding as much as 10 second delay when unpacking items at the customer's door, to deliver an EXCELLENT CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE! This has truly paid off in terms of customer ratings and tips. I also am trying to obtain an acting agent to perhaps get back into the movie industry.

Right now, I am at juncture where I am trying to determine where I fit in terms of Fastlane ventures. One poster stated that "In my experience, apart from real estate and straight up marketing grinds like selling stuff on Amazon, real business start when the founder is involved in a industry or market for a long time and has detected a specialized need."INTRO - Recently red-pilled, broke 23 year old. Can I make it?

I have not had any business experience at a high professional level at this time in my life. (i.e. many of the presenters on shark tank have worked at a managerial, professional, or executive level within an industry.) I am not sure if any of my experiences at this time would necessarily translate into a fastlane venture.

I am wondering if I should perhaps try a straight marketing grind like Amazon or should perhaps learn some other business related skills to better position myself. For example, I might study over the next year or so the specific strategies needed to launch a new product, ala Shark Tank.

At any rate, I am tremendously impressed with the caliber of some of the posters here in terms of results and wisdom. I hope to truly contribute and learn.
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I would say your best bet is not to expect people to spoon feed you all the answers. That and re-posting smacks of lazyness.

I am considering parlaying my experience working as a paralegal to apply to law school. I know that there have been cases of attorney's who have done decent work for entrepreneurial ventures in exchange for a percentage point or so.

This says to me you want to get paid a slowlane salary but benefit from the fastlane entrepreneurs sweat and toil. In other words have your cake and eat it.

Forgive me if all that sounds harsh, it's not meant to be but you seemed mixed up and all over the place. I just think you need to go away, reread TMF and start to think of the best way to help others rather than yourself. You've probably spent way too much time in the company of attorney's. lol

IMHO you need to get your mindset sorted first. The rest will come once you have some clarity, (take that from someone who's been there).

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